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Disney asks Estrin to head up board

Cisco exec appointment signals tech commitment

NEW YORK — A week after taking a 43% stake in Internet navigator Infoseek, the Walt Disney Co. further signaled its devotion to high tech Thursday by appointing technology entrepreneur Judith Estrin to its board of directors.

Estrin, 43, is chief technology officer and senior VP of Cisco Systems, the San Jose-based provider of computer networking services and devices. Her responsibilities there include investments and acquisitions and advanced Internet projects. In the past 16 years, Estrin has founded three startups with her husband, Bill Carrico:

– Bridge Communications, a local-area network business, which was bought by 3COM in 1987 for $235 million;

– Network Computing Devices, where she served as CEO;

– Precept Software, a multimedia networking software company purchased for $84 million in March by Cisco.

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